Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

My dear Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Greetings in the mighty and awesome Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Even as we’re approaching the end of August and nearing summer, our long series sermon about "Water" is also about to get over. Particularly during the last month, we've discussed that Jesus is only one who fills us and makes us feel satisfied forever. Also, as his followers and believers, who are privileged to drink this living water, we are then to let the Spirit flow through us, and point others to him, the very source of life, the only Living Water we need to depend on. In other words, we should be channels of living water to others. As our thematic message of water is complete, I hope you all remember our "Living Water", drink it and live your life filled with the Spirit in every single day of our lives.

Looking back at my last month, I've been fairly busy, and I know I will get busier. I am telling you this not to show off to you how busy I’ve been, but I want to tell you an important thing in our faith journey, especially when we claim to be so busy. Sometimes we may think "I am too busy to pray"; however, your busyness can't be an excuse of cutting off or reducing your prayer time. Instead, it can be the reason why we pray more to God. It is because we know and believe that God is our strength, comfort, sustainer, and refuge; and above all God is the center of our lives.

Our Lord, Jesus paid great attention to prayer even during his busyness for his various ministries on the earth. He leads us by example that we must never cease our prayer under the excuse of our busy schedule. To be honest, I know it is really difficult because sometimes,even I struggle with this predicament; however, it is really important that we set aside some time to have a conversation with God, who is our God who gives us strength. As the season of fall coming up, we may get busier for various reasons. I hope you do not forget your "sweet hour of prayer" to God and enjoy that time.

I am looking forward to our joint Sunday service and picnic on the first day of September in Millersburg. I know it is our first time doing this “Church Home Coming” event for Onaway/Millersburg UMC, so that it may be slightly unfamiliar for some. I think this special service is like our family reunion. I hope and pray that we will have a joyful time together as one family in Christ amidst the beautiful nature. 

In September, many meetings are scheduled as we are approaching our church conference that is slated to be held on October 13th. First of all, I would like to say a big "Thank You" to all our church leaders, who willingly dedicate their time and effort for our beloved church. Also, since it is the time that we evaluate our last year and discuss/plan of our church ministries for the next year, if you have anything to talk or discuss about the church, please don't hesitate to come to me and share your ideas. Also, as I mentioned before, if you are interested in any leadership position for the next year, please let me know about that as well.

Thank you. May God bless you.

Pastor's Challenge:
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)


with PEACE,